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Re: use of silk etc.,

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_best.com)
Date: Wed Jul 29 1998 - 11:32:18 PDT

With regard to Tondar-adi-podi Alvar's verse about
cutting off the heads of those who deny the validity
of the Lord -- please see the following article from
the archives

http://thondar.busi.utc.edu/bhakti/archives/jun95/0003.html

which contains the two verses from Tirumaalai with 
a translation of Periyavaaccaan Pillai's commentary.

Granted, the words still strike one as being intolerant,
but perhaps we can understand them easier in their context
of ardent devotion, and with the idea of Vedic sacrifice.
Rationalization? Perhaps. 

Mani